Oolong Tea, also known as Wu Long Tea is an antioxidant rich punch from China that falls somewhere between the green and black tea. All three come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis and differ only in processing and hence oxidation levels. Partially oxidated before processing, the Oolong tea is a little less nutritional than the others but is believed to be more delicious and with greater benefits.
Despite this, it is gaining popularity thanks to the numerous positive ways in which it manages to treat some of our day to day health, skin and hair issues. The rich concentration of antioxidants works to detoxify the body by removing free radicals. This is what makes Oolong Tea effective in battling various health issues.
The subtle caffeine content in Oolong gives it a delicate smell and a mild taste. An interesting fact about it is that Oolong tea has a unique naturally milky essence and so it has a subtle milky flavor even without adding anything to it.
Here are the reasons for you to incorporate this magical drink into your everyday routine:
Oolong Tea helps in Weight Management
Oolong Tea is one of the best teas when it comes to fighting obesity. This powerful dose of antioxidants not only helps in keeping those fast food cravings at bay, but also effects the way fat gets metabolized in your body. The polyphenols in Oolong help burn fat quickly by boosting metabolism,
Oolong Tea helps counter the process of ageing
Oolong is a nutritional combination of many beneficial vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, selenium, copper, folic acid, vitamin A, B, C, E, K and various other detoxifying antioxidants. All these come together to fight ageing helping you stay younger not only on the outside but also inside.
Oolong Tea takes care of Diabetes
Oolong Tea effectively regulates the blood sugar levels as it slows down the processing of sugar in the body. This prevents those sudden bouts of high or low sugar levels which decrease insulin sensitivity leading to Diabetes. Research shows that Oolong not only helps in preventing diabetes but also works great for those having diabetes.
Oolong Tea helps prevent Osteoporosis
It is often believed that caffeinated drinks act to counter the calcium you consume, preventing it from strengthening the bones. Contrary to this however, Oolong tea actually helps in fixing the calcium consumed into the bone structure, thus increasing the bone mineral density. In fact Oolong tea contains calcium and magnesium and its consumption (twice or thrice a day) will only add to your regular dose of calcium.
Oolong Tea boosts mental performance and reduces stress
Oolong Tea is known to increase concentration levels and is a great companion for anyone preparing for exams or presentations. This golden tea not only increases focus but also helps in managing stress as well as mood swings. Even those undergoing a therapy can rely on Oolong for better stress management.
Oolong is believed to have anti-cancer properties
Research has proved that Oolong tea has outstanding cancer prevention properties. In fact it stands a step ahead of green tea when it comes to this, thanks to its rich concentration of antioxidants. These antioxidants attack carcinogens, preventing the free radical damage to DNA, thus reducing the risk of cancer.
Oolong Tea helps prevent Cardio – Vascular diseases
Research has shown that Oolong Tea can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 22% in females and by 38% in males. The semi oxidized polyphenols present in it lower the cholesterol levels keep a check on the blood pressure to keep your heart healthy.
The Tea that gives you a healthier skin
Consuming Oolong Tea on a regular basis not only enhances the radiance of your skin by detoxifying it but also heals it, thanks to its eczema fighting and anti inflammatory properties. Apart from fighting the free radicals which often cause skin problems like dark spots, wrinkles and ageing, Oolong Tea is also known to shield your skin against the harmful UV rays.
Oolong Tea prevent Hair loss & gives you thicker shinier hair
This is the only benefit that you can get through an external application of Oolong Tea, just in case you don’t like the taste 9which is pretty hard to imagine!). A tea rinse using Oolong Tea is highly recommended as it makes your hair naturally shiny and thicker over time. Those who use Oolong tea as a part of their hair care regime regularly have also vouched for a remarkable decrease in hair fall.
It helps improve digestion
Oolong Tea is a tried and tested remedy for anyone having digestive problems. A cup or two of Oolong tea every day will keep constipation, flatulence, etc. at bay. The alkalizing effect of Oolong counters inflammation caused by acidity while its antiseptic properties attack all the bad bacteria in the digestive tract.
It’s effective against Tooth Decay
The alkalizing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of Oolong Tea mentioned above don’t just work wonders for your stomach but are also beneficial for your teeth. Regular consumption of Oolong helps balance the acidity level in your mouth, the antiseptic effect kills germs while the anti-inflammatory property protects your gums against diseases.